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More business in brief - Dominica introduces new travel tax

Published:Tuesday | September 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The Dominica government has introduced a new travel tax on visitors to raise funds for port upkeep.

The EC$27 entry tax and a EC$5 security fee took effect on July 14, but was revealed in parliament a month later on September 18.

Opposition United Workers Party legislator, Norris Prevost, the government's approach should be viewed as a "clandestine way of evading Parliamentary, media, and industry scrutiny of a very far reaching tax measure".

Prevost said it contradicts Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit's claim of "no new taxes" in his 2014-2015 budget.

Ports Minister Rayburn Blackmoore said the new tax would assist in the maintenance of the ports on the island.

"The notion that the decision by way of a regulation to introduce a passenger facility fee of US$10 upon a particularly category of persons entering the ports of Dominica is very deceptive or dishonest is very unfortunate," said Blackmoore.

The decision was taken outside the cycle of the budget of 2015, he said.